Encouraging Health and Happiness

Goal Setting

How to make New Year’s Resolutions Rewarding

By MICHELLE WU

New Year's ResolutionsAs with most New Years, people across the country will resolve to make a positive change in 2009.

In fact, 40% to 45% of adults in the U.S. will make a resolution at the start of the year, according to John C. Norcross, a professor of psychology at the University of Scranton who has done research on New Year’s resolutions.

The most prevalent type of New Year’s vows are health-related, such as losing weight, exercising more, and quitting smoking, says Mr. Norcross. In three clinical studies he conducted over the past 25 years, Mr. Norcross found that 40% to 46% of those who make resolutions will be successful after six months. Also, New Year’s resolvers are ten times more likely to succeed than individuals who set personal goals that are not tied to the new year. (more…)

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Olympic Foods – What world class athletes need

I decided to celebrate the Olmpics this year with an Opening Party!

My husband and I had some friends over and watched the Opening Ceremonies from London with some amazing foods!

OLYMPIC FOODS!  – stay tuned this week for recipes!

1.  Jicama Watercress salad with citrus vinagrette

2.  Black rice and mango salad

3.  Cinnamon beef

4.  Fish

5.  guacomole (avocado)

6.  corn on the cob

7.  pickled onions

8.  corn tortillas

Foods world class athletes eat.  Why?

 

These foods increase

  • circulation
  • energy
  • heart health
  • cellular metabolism
  • immune system
  • mineral absorption
  • bone density
  • digestion

they also decrease

  • inflammation (overtraining induced)
  • weight gain
  • oxidation (from bad foods and pollution)

Jicama Watercress salad with citrus vinagrette 

Why athletes eat it:

Jicama Anti-inflammatory, high in B vitamins, potassium, iron, magnesium, increases cellular metabolism (a must for endurance athletes)

Why you eat it:

it’s loaded with all sorts of healthy benefits including vitamin C, lots of iron, and a dietary fiber called inulin that speeds up your digestive system!  The best thing about eating it?  Virtually no calories!

Watercress 

A study published in the British Journal of  Nutrition reports that eating a small amount of this leafy green each day raised  levels of key antioxidants that fend of damage caused by exercise. – Overtraining causes stress on the body and inflammation

Why you eat it :

Decreases inflammation and oxidants from bad foods and environments.

This salad is chock full of nutrients and deliciousness – Read on for recipe!

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Breakfast Club, Final Meeting!

Are you eating breakfast?  Could it be better?

Last week I posted options for rushed days, to keep your sanity, energy and pant size (or DROP ONE!)

This is the last of the breakfast club!   I have given you two more options.
For more relaxed days and in-between days.    Get on the breakfast train!

All Olympic Athletes eat breakfast!  Be awesome and beautiful, join the club!   Read on

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Walking Your Way to Health

Walking has more health benefits than most people realize.

By Shelby Sheehan Bernard

McClatchy-Tribune

Margie Warden, left, and Gladys Johnson walk along a trail at Kansas City, Kan., Community College. Warden and a group of friends have been walking six miles a day for 41 years.

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Margie Warden, left, and Gladys Johnson walk along a trail at Kansas City, Kan., Community College. Warden and a group of friends have been walking six miles a day for 41 years.

Can you really walk your way to better health? Research continues to show both the physiological and psychological benefits of the exercise, yet many individuals continue to underrate walking as a health booster.

“The studies are overwhelming; the data is there to show that walking provides all of these health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart and cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer, as well as reducing blood pressure and enhancing mood,” said Dr. Edward Laskowski, co-director of and specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Rochester, Minn. (more…)


Legs up the Wall, Easy and necessary!

sit close to wall – knees bent and arms around knee- rt shoulder and knee pressed against wall – then turn onto your back. Adjust accordingly. Keep back flat and legs straight – bend knees if too intense

The previous post on Flexibility is and awesome and much needed post! This has been a recent focus in my weight loss group class – COVER SHOT.   Did you know that if you are more flexible, you will gain more muscle?  And that more muscle burns more calories?   To burn brighter.. learn to lengthen and let go ( stay in the stretch.. try 2 mins per stretch)

Last Wed ( 7/ 18) We were joined by Jasyoga http://www.jasyoga.com  
Erin Taylor, Owner and RYT , along with associate Kendra – let participants through a stretching sequence and letting go exercises, to release tension and stress in both their body and mind. With more flexibility you can strengthen much more and reduce setbacks.

One exercise – Super simple , than ANYONE can do every night – legs up the wall.

Contact Erin Taylor at http://www.jasyoga for info!


Join The Breakfast Club

Last week I posted an entry on beautiful people (surfer’s) and what they eat.  One big component to a great body is BREAKFAST!

Listen to your mother – Eat your breakfast!  If you would like

1.  Clearer thinking

2.  Weight Loss

3.  Better mood  thourghout the day

4.  More Energy

5.  More Money and Friends

Allright – # 5 is not guaranteed, but if you  are thinking clearer and have more energy and better mood at work – you definitly should be in the running for a raise and people should be flocking to you !

If you’re not eating breakfast  within the first couple hours of your day  I challenge you to

Check yourself before you wreck yourself!

Smart and Gorgeous people eat breakfast!

Read on for easy ways to join the club and get results!

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Get a surfers’ bod!

  Surfer’s bodies are gorgeous!  They are long and lean and strong!

 

With nice defined muscles and not bulky – also these wave riders are glowing!    Yeah this could be the sun and surf – But they also fuel up for this demanding sport – for that they need energizing grains, high vitamins and minerals and protein!

 

Keep your Energy high and waist line down with these great meals. 

Make ahead and keep on hand for great take to work or travel options!

I have found two great recipes- both chock full of anti-oxidants, fiber, nutrients, metabolic boosting and energy boosting!

1.  Bon Appetite- Surfer Granola  July 2012

2.  PCC Indonesian Rice Salad – tons of beautiful color and flavor!  I can’t wait for lunch tomorrow!

Read On for recipes!  

Oh – and if you need a guide to your getting to your kick ass physique and eating habits to brag about – contact me!  New workshops in both group training and nutrition this Sept!

Bcurran@macseattle.com

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